Karlan Grant’s penalty miss meant that Saturday’s match finished as the sixth goalless draw of the season, the first time that Albion have had six goalless draws in a league campaign since 1999/2000. The last time they have more than six was in 1988/89 when they had eight including both local derbies with Walsall.
It also means that Albion have failed to score in eighteen league games this season for the first time since the 2005/06 season. That tally was also matched in 1999/2000 but the only time Albion have failed to find the net in more than eighteen league games in a season was in the 1923/24 season when they drew a blank in exactly half of their 42 league games in Division One finishing in 16th place.
Unsurprisingly, game 45 has been pivotal in recent campaigns. In 2001, the draw with Huddersfield Town secured Albion’s first second tier play-off place while Igor Bališ’s late penalty at Bradford kept promotion in the Baggies’s hands in 2002. Chris Brunt’s equaliser against Southampton secured Albion’s return to the Premier League in 2008 while the defeat at Huddersfield in 2020 looked to have handed promotion to Brentford, until the Bees lost to Stoke City the following day.
|* Positions are recorded as Albion’s position in the table after all fixtures for that day have been completed.|
|2000/2001||21/04/2001||Gillingham (A)||W||2-1||Hughes, Clement|
|2001/2002||07/04/2002||Rotherham United (H)||D||1-1||Taylor|
|2006/2007||23/04/2007||Burnley (A)||L||2-3||Koumas, Ellington|
|2007/2008||19/04/2008||Norwich City (A)||W||2-1||Koren, Gera|
|2009/2010||17/04/2010||Middlesbrough (H)||W||2-0||Cox, Bednár|
|2021/2022||23/04/2022||Coventry City (H)||D||0-0|
|2000/2001||28/04/2001||Huddersfield Town (H)||D||1-1||Roberts|
|2001/2002||13/04/2002||Bradford City (A)||W||1-0||Bališ (pen)|
|2003/2004||04/05/2004||Stoke City (A)||L||1-4||Dobie|
|2006/2007||28/04/2007||Coventry City (A)||W||1-0||Robinson|
|2009/2010||26/04/2010||Crystal Palace (A)||D||1-1||Tamas|
|2018/2019||27/04/2019||Rotherham United (H)||W||2-1||Rodriguez (pen), Harper|
|2019/2020||17/07/2020||Huddersfield Town (A)||L||1-2||O’Shea|